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Foundation Year Program

University of Pavia
10 months
Full time
Foundation / Pathway program
Scholarships available
On campus
19 October 2020
Application deadline: 15 October 2020
5,000 EUR

Program description

Foundation Year Program

The Foundation Year is a preparatory course taught in Italian designed for:

  • students who do not meet the minimum 12 years of schooling required for enrollment in an Italian University Degree course.
  • students who want to access undergraduate degrees at the University of Pavia.
  •  students interested in learning Italian or improving their Italian language skills.

The course includes both Italian language classes and preparatory courses from one of the following study areas: (1) Humanities; (2) Science and Medicine; (3) Economics, Law and Politics.
For the academic year 2020-21, you can choose between two available options:

  • Foundation Year – residential option: you will attend all courses, both Italian and Area Studies courses  in presence in Pavia from October 2020 until June 2021
  • Foundation Year – blended option: you will attend the intensive Italian course online from October 2020 until February 2021; then you will attend in presence in Pavia the Italian language course and the area study preparatory courses from March until June 2021. 

Students who pass the Foundation year final exams will

  • meet the minimum entry requirements for undergraduate study at the University of Pavia
  • be exempted from the Italian Proficiency University admission test

Please note that students applying to degrees with limited enrollment must still take the admission test.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

  • At least 11 years of schooling from primary education to graduation at high school
  • High school leaving diploma with full transcript of records, plus translation & legalization
  • Will to enroll in a BA taught in Italian at #UNIPAVIA
  • Strong commitment and desire to improve and study in a multicultural, multidisciplinary environment

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Tuition fees

The tuition fee for the Foundation Year is exceptionally set at 5000 EUR.

The fee includes injuries & accidents insurance policy while studying inside the campus, books, handouts and teaching materials, tutoring, fields studies and trips in Lombardy, to discover and enjoy our beautiful region.

The fee does not include housing, meals, health insurance policy, personal expenses.

Eligible candidates will be required to pay 25% of tuition fee within ten days from receiving confirmation.They will pay the remaining 75% of tuition fees by the end of September.

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About this institute

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University of Pavia

Founded in 1361, the University of Pavia (UNIPV) is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. The University of Pavia features in a number of international rankings: Unipv is particularly competitive in the fields of Humanities, Engineering, Pharmacy, Life Science...

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Why study at University of Pavia

About Pavia

The city of Pavia is located in northern Italy, around 30km south of Milan (20-30 minutes by train) within easy reach of the Swiss border, Como and the lakes as well as Genoa and the Ligurian coast. Founded in Roman times with the name of Ticinum its city centre is a maze of narrow streets, ancient churches, elegant buildings and many fascinating corners all coming alive day and night with students enjoying their favorite meeting points.

Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Students who can enjoy sport activities, at the University Sports Centre (CUS) which offers a wide range of courses, championships and tournaments.


Tuition fees at UNIPV vary based on the student’s family income and country of origin and range from 150 to 4400 Euro. Scholarship, fees reduction and other benefits are offered to students on merit criteria and family income by Edisu a dedicated government agency.

Contact info

University of Pavia

Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia

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